Life of the Party: Enriching the Arts at GMU

The 6th annual ARTS by George! event shared, exhibited and supported the work of the artists of George Mason University.
By Kate Faherty

Former George Mason basketball players Dre Smith and John Vaughn with School of Dance director Buffy Price. Photo credit: Joe Milmoe.

On September 24th, artists, art lovers and art supporters gathered at George Mason University’s Fairfax campus to experience all that George Mason University has been doing to progress the presence of art at the school. The evening was interactive and entertaining, as guests were able to explore the facilities within GMU’s College of Visual and Performing Arts as well as experience exhibits and performances by George Mason students and faculty.

The proceeds from the ARTS by George! event support student scholarships as well as the Great Performances as Mason season at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Students benefitting from the scholarship were present, as was their artwork. The student artists’ studies include dance, music, fine art, theater, arts management, computer game design and film and video studies.

Guests had the opportunity to visit studios, classrooms, galleries and performance spaces. Performances and exhibitions provided entertainment throughout the evening, and local area restaurants provided food and beverages. The George Mason performances and art exhibits throughout the night lead up to the night’s final performance by Michael Feinstein and Marvin Hamlisch. The annual event brings out a great number of supporters and brings in a great deal of support for the school and its scholarship fund.

(From left to right): Tota Conwell, George Mason University President Alan Merten, Don Conwell and Sally Merten. Photo credit: Joe Milmoe.

ARTS by George! chairs Don and Tota Conwell with Marvin Hamlisch and Michael Feinstein. Photo credit: Joe Milmoe.

(From left to right): Milt and Carolyn Peterson and Candy Reeder and College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean William Reeder. Photo credit: Joe Milmoe.

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